It seems nobody wants to talk about the stimulus package, so I thought I would put down my very long two cents, and then let the debates begin:
First off, I do think it is a lot of spending and it seems that it won't create a whole ton of jobs. I think every aspect of the stimulus package must be about job creation- there is some of that, with spending on green energy, but not nearly enough in my opinion. I really think this package should be all about creating work for people.
I will agree with the Rep. that there is a lot of money being spent to possibly make people a little dependent. If they had jobs, they wouldn't need to be dependent on government subsidies, so I will agree with the Reps. on that and say once again that the package needs to be all about job creation so that people won't need to get unemployment checks.
However, I absolutely disagree with the Reps. that the solution is "more tax cuts." It's like they only know two words- "tax cuts" -and that is the only way anything good can happen. Give me a break- get off of your one trick pony show, and come up with something that will actually work! You had the power for 8 years and had all kinds of tax cuts, and look where we are. If people aren't working, how on earth will tax cuts help them? Six percent of zero is still zero! And to pretend like you're the good guy (referring to the elected officials, here) and you want to give businesses tax cuts to keep jobs in America is a joke- you're the ones who encouraged businesses to LEAVE America by giving them tax cuts to open plants in China! Come on, now- let's be a little realistic here- don't pretend like you (the elected officials) care about the working class when all you care about is how much CEO's make. GRRR.....
I do like the increased funding in education- which does create more jobs in the field of education. Now NCLB will actually be funded (don't get me started on what a horrible thing NCLB is, but at least with it being funded that would help). I also like the infrastructure projects- I wish there were more of those. I also think this money needs to be closely regulated- I am REALLY REALLY REALLY (did I mention really?) ticked off that the first stimulus package came with little regulation and all those billions of dollars just magically disappeared- wow, who would have thought if you gave the money to thieves and didn't watch the money that would happen? Everybody except the elected officials, I guess.
OK, those are just some first impressions I have of the package- now debate away!